2022 Hyundai Kona

MSRP $20,400 - $30,935

Ranked #2 in Subcompact Suv

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2022 Hyundai Kona Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: December 21, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2022 Hyundai Kona is offered across four trims, starting at $21,000 and going all the way up to $27,000. There are several new additions to the 2022 model year, to begin with, it gets an updated exterior design, an all-new waterfall concept dashboard design, the N-line frame brings along an 18-inch alloy wheel design along with several aerodynamic modifications and dual exhaust tips. However, there are two powertrain offerings across this lineup, a 1.6L 4-cylinder turbo engine, and a 2.0L 4-cylinder CVT engine.

With regard to fuel efficiency, the 2022 Kona offers just about average and has a class-leading 13.2-gallon fuel tank capacity. The interiors are not the best but they are spacious enough for five individuals along with an average cargo space of 19.2 cubic feet. It faces significant rivalry in terms of the interior and exterior dimensions from rivals such as the 2022 Honda HR-V, the 2022 Nissan Kicks, and the 2022 Mazda CX-3.

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Pros

All-new N-line trim introduced

Upgraded optional powertrain

Upgraded exterior appeal

Cons

N-line trim adds just cosmetic upgrades rather than powertrain upgrades.

Sluggish base engine

What's New?

Updated exterior design

a framing device breaks up all that rear black cladding

New waterfall concept designed dashboard

The N-line version also brings along a dedicated 18-inch alloy wheel design

Large rear aerodynamic diffuser along with dual exhaust tips


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$20400

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

1-Speed Cvt W/Overdrive

dimensions

wheelbase

102.4 in.

length

165.6 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

61 in.

curb weight

2899 lbs.

ground clearance

6.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

45.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

15.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

30/32/35 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE$20,400 onwards

  • 16-inch silver aluminum Wheels
  • 1St row LCD monitor
  • ABS and driveline Traction control
  • Cloth Seat trim
  • Manual front air conditioning
  • Remote keyless entry

SEL$22,750 onwards

  • 17-Inch wheels
  • Heated mirrors
  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Remote engine start
  • Roof rails

SE Auto$23,635 onwards

SEL Auto$25,435 onwards

Limited DCT$28,250 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Hyundai Kona in pulse red color
pulse red

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

7.0

Engine and Performace

7.0

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.5

Exterior

7.0

Safety

8.0

Competition

7.5

7.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


The 2022 Hyundai Kona was reintroduced with significant changes and the introduction of the N-Line sport trim. Now the Kona has joined Hyundai Elantra, Sonata, and Tucson in the “N-Line” version group while the Veloster N remains the only offering with true high-performance credibility sold in the US. The crossover has received exterior and powertrain tweaks too.

 The 2022 model year comes equipped with two powertrain options to choose from, the basic offering is a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder engine and the other offering being a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. The latter offers 50 hp more and is featured in the N line trim. It further offers an average fuel economy that delivers a combined reading of 30 mpg. It goes on to face significant competition from rivals such as the 2022 Honda HR-V, the 2022 Mazda CX-3, and the 2022 Nissan Kicks.

2022 Hyundai Kona SUV Three Quarter Front View
2022 Hyundai Kona SUV Three Quarter Rear View

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.5/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

7.5/10
Competition


2022 Hyundai Kona Buying Advice

We Recommend

The Hyundai Kona offers decent straight-line performance in any of its trims, but the N-line offers a more direct driving experience with an AWD system that shows much more urgency than the same system that is optional in other trims. That being said, the way it drives is only preferable for some, and the rest of the Kona trims offer a more sedate driving experience. If punchy performance isn’t on your list of expectations, then the fully loaded Ultimate trim is a great option to have, considering it is only $10k more expensive than the base SE variant and offers so much more.

2022 Hyundai Kona Features

"Cheeky design, gutsy optional turbo engine, plentiful standard features." - Car and Driver

The 2022 Hyundai Kona gets a handsome exterior, reliable mechanicals, and uncluttered interiors, making for a promising platform upon which they have based an all-electric model in other markets as well. They continue to offer various gas-powered variants in the States that strike a great balance between performance and fuel economy. We believe that Hyundai will roll out the Kona in four trim levels, unlike the previous model year. The Korean manufacturer also offers the N-line variant for a more ‘aggressive’ driving experience for those who want one. It comes priced at an MSRP range of $21,000-$27,000.

Trims

SE

SEL

Limited

N-Line

MSRP

$21,000

$22,990

$26,950

$27,000

Features

16-inch alloy wheels

In addition to /replacing SE features:

In addition to /replacing Night features:

195 hp turbo petrol engine

 

Cloth Upholstery

Heated outer rear view mirrors

Leather upholstery

Steering Mounted Controls

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration

Rear privacy glass

Wireless device charging

18” alloys 

 

Automatic headlights

3-step heated front seats

Automatic temperature control

Tyre Pressure Monitoring System


 
 

6-way manually adjustable front seats

SiriusXM Satellite Radio

Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink

N-Line themed interior

2022 Hyundai Kona Engine and Performance

7.5/10

"Two powertrains are available with the Kona: SE and SEL models come with a 147-hp four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission." - Car and Driver 

The 2022 Hyundai Kona has two different engine offerings to choose from. The base models fit with a 2.0L GDI Inline-4 engine that cranks out 147-hp and 132 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a 6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic gearbox, while a CVT is a new optional addition to pick with the base engine. The 2.0L GDI does put out attractive figures but isn’t the most punchy block. The performance feels underpowered and should fit great for daily driving. The new addition of CVT should add more convenience and better economy, but the previous 6-speed automatic would also get the same job done as well.

2022 Hyundai Kona SUV Engine Bay

Upgrading to the limited or the new N-line trim will fetch the enthusiasts an upgraded 1.6L 4-cylinder direct-injected turbocharged engine that pushes out 195 horsepower at 5500 RPM and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1500-4500 RPM, 20-hp more than the previous model years. The engine is paired to a re-tuned seven-speed EcoShift dual-clutch transmission which would further enhance the performance aspects and driving experience by quicker shifts and brisk acceleration. This would be a perfect spendthrift option over the sluggish base engine.

Models

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Nissan Kicks*

2022 Mazda CX-3*

MSRP

$22,000

$22,000

$19,070

$22,190

Engine

2.0L GDI 4-cylinder

1.8L NA Inline-4

1.6L NA Inline-4

2.0L Inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic

CVT

CVT

6-Speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp@RPM)

147 hp @ 6200 RPM

141 hp @ 6500 RPM

122 hp @ 6300 RPM

148 hp @ 6000 RPM

Torque (lb-ft@RPM)

132 lb-ft @ 4500 RPM

127 lb-ft @ 4300 RPM

114 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM

146 lb-ft @ 2800 RPM

*2021 data used for reference

The 2022 Hyundai Kona does have an edge over some rivals like the 2022 Honda HR-V and the Nissan Kicks. It is an efficient pick for city and highway cruises though its lethargic and sluggish acceleration would definitely disappoint buyers looking for more. All the rivals are front-wheel driven, while the 2022 Kona also offers optional all-wheel drive.

2022 Hyundai Kona Fuel Economy

8.0/10

"In this class of fuel-sipping mini-SUVs, the Kona's EPA ratings are good but only average among its rivals." - Car and Driver

The crossover segment targets the audience looking for compact cars with efficient motors under their hood. The 2022 Kona should qualify for such a group with its sluggish yet efficient 2.0L Inline-4 engine. The engine delivers 28/33/30 mpg in city/highway/combined scenarios. The efficiency figures for the 1.6L punchy blocks are yet to be announced, though it would definitely be below the base engine figures. 

Models

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Nissan Kicks*

2022 Mazda CX-3*

MPG (City)

28

28

31

27

MPG (Highway)

33

34

36

32

MPG (Combined)

30

30

30

29

Fuel Capacity

13.2 gallons

13.2 gallons

10.8 gallons

11.9 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

369.6/422.4/392 miles

356/435/369 miles

334.8/388.8/356 miles

368.3/431.8/393.7 miles

*2021 data used for reference

The 2022 Kona will fit the same 13.2-gallon fuel tank and can crunch a combined 392 miles on average with the base engine fitted to it. The 2022 Hyundai Kona is not the table leader as the spot is earned by the Kicks with the best economy figures owing to an underpowered engine and a frugal CVT.

2022 Hyundai Kona Interior

7.5/10

" The steering wheel is wrapped with nicely grained leather with contrast stitching and offers integrated controls for cruise control and audio settings." - Car and Driver

The 2022 Hyundai Kona brings certain changes to the interior. There’s added insulation and new windshield glass to improve NVH. The dash adds a new climate control bar and the console is disconnected from the instrument panel yet the recess for a wireless smartphone charger is visible. Besides these, the Kona has added a second-row room and cargo space. The sophisticated and progressive appearance of the interiors remains intact.

2022 Hyundai Kona SUV Dashboard

The cabin is well laid out, and the ergonomics are quite comfy for vehicles of such size. Decent quality materials are furnishing the cabin along with optional leather upholstery available for adding levels of high-class appeal to the Kona. There’s ambient lighting to illuminate the cupholder and footwells, while an aluminum-like finish adds refinement. The infotainment setup remains unchanged in lower trim levels. The SE and SEL trim fit standard 8-inch touchscreen wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and dual front USB ports.

Models

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Nissan Kicks*

2022 Mazda CX-3*

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

39.6/55.5/41.5

39.5/56.8/41.2

40.7/53.0/43.7

38.4/53.5/41.7

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.8/54.5/35.2

38.3/54.5/39.3

38.5/53.2/33.2

37.2/50.4/35.0

Trunk capacity (cu-ft)

19.2

24.3

25.3

17.8

*2021 data used for reference

There’s an optional 10.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.3-inch touchscreen which come standard with a Limited trim level, surprisingly, the bigger screens miss out on the wireless capability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2022 Nissan Kicks offers the most spacious cabin and cargo capacity in the rivalry. While buyers looking for upscale and premium interiors can opt for any of the above rivals, as each of them has its own charm.

2022 Hyundai Kona SUV Infotainment System

The Hyundai offers the most simple layout in its interiors, while Mazda gets ergonomics spot-on in the CX-3, and it can be fairly luxurious if you want it to be. The 2022 Kona is no less luxurious, a list of the features it offers in the 2022 model year is mentioned below.

Interior features in the Kona include:

  • 7-inch touchscreen upgradeable to an 8-inch touchscreen color display with navigation
  • Optional leather seats 
  • 60/40 split fold-down and reclining rear seatback with the adjustable head restraint
  • Optional Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay connectivity 
  • Hyundai Bluelink Connected Car System
  • External temperature display 

2022 Hyundai Kona Exterior

7.0/10

"The subcompact Kona is, simply put, a great package that blends carlike on-road behavior with bold styling, a dose of practicality, and an elevated driving position" - Car and Driver

The 2022 Hyundai Kona has received impressive exterior tweaks. The refreshed Kona features new front and rear bumpers that add distinctive character. The old, massive grille has been divided into two individual grilles, where the lower grille mimics rugged skid plate elements.

2022 Hyundai Kona SUV Left Side View

The 2022 Kona now offers N-line trims that add sportiness to the standard Kona. The N-line version also features 18-inch alloy wheels that catch the attention of passing eyes.

Models

2022 Hyundai Kona

2022 Honda HR-V

2022 Nissan Kicks*

2022 Mazda CX-3*

Curb Weight

3064 lbs

2906 lbs

2682 lbs

2994 lbs

Length (inches)

165.6"

170.4”

169.1”

168.3”

Width (inches)

70.9”

69.8”

69.3”

69.6”

Height (inches)

61.6”

63.2”

63.3”

60.7”

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.7”

7.3”

7.0”

6.1”

Wheelbase (inches)

102.4”

102.8”

103.1”

101.2”

The 2022 Kona has a long wheelbase, short overhang, and wide track that devise planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments with enhanced linear stability and rides comfort. It is the heftiest among the rivals, while the lengthy Honda HR-V offers the lightest riding quality in the lot.

Exterior features of the 2022 Hyundai Kona:

  • Projector headlamps upgradeable to LED headlights with DRLs
  • Automatic headlights
  • Body-color exterior rearview mirrors (except Night trim)
  • Roof rails 
  • Shark-fin antenna

2022 Hyundai Kona Safety

8.0/10

"Buyers searching for popular driver-assistance features will find them on the Kona, which offers automated emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and a driver-attention monitor as standard equipment." - Car and Driver

The 2022 Hyundai Kona has very recently undergone the scrutiny of safety authorities such as the NHTSA. It scores a phenomenal five out of five-star rating in the aspects of overall rating, frontal crash rating, and side crash rating. However, in the aspect of Rollover rating, it scores only a four out of five-star rating. These ratings stay the same for the AWD and FWD variants.

The safety and driver assistance feature suite includes:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
  • Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA)
  • Rear Occupant Alert (ROA)
  • Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop and go
  • Highway Drive Assist (HDA)
  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Safe Exit Warning (SEW)

2022 Hyundai Kona Competition

7.5/10

2022 Hyundai Kona vs 2021 Honda HR-V

The 2022 Hyundai Kona is mightier and more powerful than the 2022 Honda HR-V. The same lead can be seen in the case of fuel economy. Kona has a more modern and progressive interior, while the Honda HR-V needs an interior upgrade to replace all the hard plastic and add more modern tech. Both rivals being front-wheel driven, offer similar driving dynamics, though both can be upgraded to AWD as an option.

2021 Honda HR-V

2022 Hyundai Kona vs 2021 Nissan Kicks

Both the Kona and Kicks offer incredible styling, upscale and modern interior, and infotainment, and competitive safety tech. But the Nissan Kicks has less attractive power figures but it turns things around by being more efficient. The 2022 Nissan Kicks is pocket-friendly to an extent of 3 grand as compared to the 2022 Kona.

2021 Nissan Kicks

2022 Hyundai Kona vs 2021 Mazda CX-3

The 2022 Mazda CX-3 offers the most attractive figures in the rivalry, and also leads the 2022 Kona in terms of brisker acceleration and better handling. It also offers more economical figures than the 2022 Kona that makes it suitable for both daily drives and pushing it to limits once in a while. Kona offers a more spacious cabin and a wider suite of safety features than the Mazda. The CX-3 is elegant and stunning and looks more appealing than the 2022 Kona, but in the end, it’s the buyer’s call.

2021 Mazda CX-3

 

2022 Hyundai Kona Final Verdict

The 2022 Hyundai Kona and the upgrades will surely receive a warm welcome from the crowd; the newly introduced N-line trim does offer a sportier makeover to the standard Kona. The interior has received updates too and is quite appealing to both the younger crowd with better tech and to the older generation with rugged yet comfortable interiors. The cabin is quite practical and spacious. The 2022 Kona and its first-class safety ratings in the crash tests of safety institutes will make it a better deal than the rivals, and with a plethora of safety features, it is already better than some popular nameplates.

2022 Hyundai Kona

 


2022 Hyundai Kona FAQs

At what price is the 2022 Hyundai Kona offered?

The 2022 Hyundai Kona is offered at an MSRP of $22,000 and onwards.

In how many trims is the 2022 Hyundai Kona offered?

The 2022 Hyundai Kona is offered in a total of four trims.

 How is the fuel efficiency of the 2022 Hyundai Kona?

The 2022 Hyundai Kona offers a decent gas mileage, reading 28/33/30 for city/highway/combined.

What are the alternatives to the 2022 Hyundai Kona?

One could go in for the 2022 Nissan Kicks, the 2022 Honda HR-V, and the 2022 Mazda CX-3.

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